As most travelers to Bali would know that never a day will pass without the Balinese making offerings of fruit, rice, fish, flowers etc along with the sweet smell of burning incense. It’s there way of thanking their gods for making every day possible! Along with the every day offerings there are also many other “special occasions” for asking for their god’s blessing. Just about everything that the real Balo’s do revolves around their calander of life. For example if the calander says that today is not a good enough day for buying something or for traveling at sea etc the followers will simply put it off until a better day, according to the calander, can be found.
It dosen’t matter be it buying a new fishing rod, car, or just about anything that is special for their daily use or work. If it’s not made or bought on the right day it’s not going to bring them the best of luck and safety. Especially with the fishermen of Bali, who have extremely strong beliefs and or superstitions. A boat or “dukung” (traditional fishing boat) the building must be started on “the right day” and then the “right day” has to be found for the first launching. Before the boat can finally make it into the water a Balinese priest or “Manku” must first, with the help of the Balinese god bless the boat to make it all right.
These photo’s are of my friend Wayan Rajin and his new addition to the Tuban fishing fleet, a new 30ft solid carved timber double outrigger dukung. You can also play the mpeg vido clip and listen and feel the culture of the Balinese, proud of being close with their god.